Vanessa Williams was born in Millwood,
New York, Her parents being both music teachers, encouraged a career in
the music industry. She majored in musical theater at Syracuse
University, and in 1983, won the Miss America title. This title was
followed by scandal as when appeared in Play boy magazine. Mrs Williams
has since been honored with two NAACP Image Awards, nine Grammy Award
nominations and a number of New York Music Awards.
Her musical accomplishments began with her first release, The Right
Stuff (1988); In 1991, Williams released the multi-million seller The
Comfort Zone, which featured the hit single "Save the Best for
Last," which was #1 for 6 in Canada. Finally in 1996 her latest LP
was released titled The "Sweetest days". With not only
releasing her own music Vanessa Williams has also contributed to several
unique musical projects, including Ain't Nothin' but a She Thing
(Salt&Pepper), an all-female concept record".
Williams reached another personal and professional pinnacle last year
when she sang the American national anthem on a telecast of Super Bowl
XXX. She also performed live at the Academy Awards singing "Colors
of the Wind" which was her nominated song described above. Her
fourth solo album is expected later this year. Williams has received
widespread acclaim for her television performances, which include the
mini-series "The Jacksons: An American Dream," the television
movies "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "The Boy Who Loved
Christmas" and the Emmy-winning special "Motown Returns to the
Apollo." Her more recent television appearances include the
mini-series "Nothing Lasts Forever," based on a Sidney Sheldon
bestseller; the revival of the musical "Bye, Bye Birdie,"
opposite Tyne Daly, Jason Alexander and Chynna Phillips; and the
animated "Beauty and the Beast" episode of HBO's "Happily
Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. Don't forget that Vanessa
Williams had her own Christmas special titled "The Vanessa Williams
Christmas Special" on NBC It featured guest such as Baby face and
Canadas own Shania Twain.
In November of 1994 Vanessa Williams also joined the Likes Of Kelsey
Grammer, Teri Hatcher, Ronny Cox, Paul Sorvino, and Jhon Larroquette by
appearing in an episode of Star Trek. Vanessa Williams Played the role
of Arandis A hostess on the Federation vacation planet of Risea.
Vanessa Williams has had a distinguished career in music, and also in
theater, television and Hollywood movies. Vanessa Williams recently
ended a triumphant nine-month run on Broadway in "Kiss of the
Spider Woman," as well as releasing her third album, "The
Sweetest Days", which went platinum, and her single, "Colors
of the Wind," from the soundtrack to "Pocahontas," won an
Academy and Golden Globe Award.
Vanessa Lynn Williams
- Actress, Singer
Date of Birth
- 18 March 1963
- Milwood, New York, USA
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